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borger, and joining us from new york, cnn political contributor and republican strategist, ed rollins and john avalon, also a cnn contributor, as well as senior political columnist for the daily beast. let's get straight to this tax fight. president obama went out to the fairfield, virginia, doing a little town hall in a backyard. and he was making his case that the you should keep tax cuts for those families making $250,000 anbew, and those making more than that should pay more. number one, the president says that's only fair. number two, he says, we can't afford it because red ink. >> but we can't give away $700 billion to folks who don't need it a think somehow that we're going to balance our budget. it's not gog to hapn. >> one intere, ing int, freddy, to the democrat the first, in the audience, as the president did, that was the local congressman jerry conley. if you go to jerry conley's website, democrat,ni rrengior re-election, a little nervous. probably okay, but probably a little nervous. on his website, he's also a handful of democrats who support extending the bush taxes c
used to help republicans win house seats. >> it's a complex country and you've got to be a broad tent to carry a national coalition. this country reacts to what's on the ground and the tea party and lloy the of republicans are riding on the fact of 9.5% unemployment. as soon as they get in a position of responsibility, the voters say what do you offer and becomes a different test and the wave will sweep conservatives. >> these republicans i'm surrounded by don't take advice from hillary clinton but listen to secretary of state clinton today. she did an interview with abc and asked this question, you have the ideological candidates in both primary, left and right and she was talking specifically about the tea party saying the people may come to washington with pretty firm principles, but then you have to see if they can be pragmatic. >> then when they have the burden of holding office and the responsibility that goes with it, i've seen them become very sobered very quickly. sometimes the poetry can get kind of hot and a little over the top, but the prose brings you down to earth. >> in
-- this is not pretty. >> as o'donnell manager i found she was living on campaign donations and using them for rent, and expenses while leaving workers unpaid and piling up thousands in debt. she was not concerned about the conservative -- and -- >> so it is nasty stuff from your own party. she could win the race and how does the party figure that out? >> well, it wouldn't be the first one as marco rubio and sharron angle and ken buck up in kentucky, so this hand wringing about the outcome of primaries is a little hyperventilation to the specific, of the primary, and you know, politics is more brass knuckles than badminton, so it will happen. >> i talked to a senior republican strategist today who is involved in this particular senate race and he says if she wins the national committee is not going to give her money. so if she wants to g on the beat the democrat, she is going to have to do it on her own, because there are other races to invest in, so this is a big fight within the republican party. >> well, not a battle for the soul of the republican party or whether there is a big tent, because th
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